Cybereason's Nocturnus research team published a report on how it has been tracking an APT group by the name of Molerats. Also known as the 'Gaza Cyber Gang' this threat actor is known for espionage campaigns, the latest a highly targeted one against a specific group of people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In and of itself that's not big news, such campaigns happen all the time. You might think that the campaign to infect victims with the Spark malware, and a previously undocumented backdoor named as Pierogi, is equally so-so; it uses the social engineering lure of geopolitical events. After all, if you want to target people in the Palestinian territories, then emails pertaining to the Trump peace plan or the killing of Qasem Soleimani are likely to grab their attention.
If, as someone tasked with defending an enterprise in the UK from a myriad of cyberthreats, you are not interested in this story then you are missing the bigger picture: social engineering lures are one of the biggest threats to your security strategy and your business. Global event media coverage is used by threat actors right across the cybercrime spectrum, from those espionage-motivated APTs to low-level back-bedroom chancers, to bait the email phishing campaigns that oh so often signal the start of an attack.
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